Kopaszi-gát is a beautifully landscaped narrow peninsula in south Buda, next to Rákóczi Bridge. Nestled in between the Danube on one side and a protected bay, popular for kayaking, on the other it has a lovely beach feel. Kopaszi-gát is also a favorite picnic spot and the park offers lots of outdoor activities from biking to ball games. It is a great place for kids, with its playgrounds, a sandy beach, green grass with ducks and an indoor playhouse. The sign in the park says it all: 'Fűre lépni szabad!', which means 'walking on the grass is permitted'.
Ice-cream, lángos and kürtőskalács vendors add to that all-encompassing beach feeling along with a number of great restaurants ideal for a quick bite. Restaurants at Kopaszi-gát are very kid-friendly and most have separate play areas for the little ones. My favorite is Fruska, a charming bistro-style restaurant with good food and a picnic basket service that lets you take your order anywhere in the park. Another ideal spot with kids is Café Ponyvaregény, which serves Hungarian and international dishes. Veranda is a pizza and pasta place, Le Bistro serves international food and Flamenco offers burgers and fried sausages. All restaurants have a front terrace located on the main walkway as well as a rear terrace overlooking the bay.
The history of Kopaszi-gát, a man-made dam, goes back to the 19th century. Originally, it was built to provide a dock to the nearby factories and to protect them from flooding. Landscaping the park started in 2003, and it reached its current form about two years ago. In 2012, a new ferry terminal was built right by the park's entrance, so getting to Kopaszi-gát is now fast and convenient.
Getting to Kopaszi-gát: Take ferries D11, D12 (running during the week) or D13 (running on weekends) to Kopaszi-gát - Rákóczi híd.